Monthly Archives: May 2012

Word to ya Motha’

This post is dedicated to my one and only; the best, most kind, caring, forgiving, beautiful inside and out, supportive, un-selfish, un-judgmental, woman in the entire world. You guessed it, my mom.


 You are hands down my best friend. I am truly blessed to have been able to call you mine for the past 21 years. While we do have our ups and downs, like in any relationship, I know that you are someone I can count on at the end of the day no matter what. I love where our relationship is at right now and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m glad I can come to you with every little thing that goes on in my life and you’ll be there to talk me through it. I just want you to know that I appreciate each and every thing that you do for me. Each day you prove even more what an amazing woman and mother you are. I love you very much and hope you have a great mother’s day because you deserve it!

XOXO, Katie


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DIY Ombré T-Shirt (Step-By-Step Instructions)

Happy Friday everyone! We made it to another weekend!

Today’s post is another DIY and a reallyyyy easy DIY at that. Ombré is a HUGE trend going on right now. Not only Ombré hair but also Ombré clothing and nails. Today I tackled Ombré dyeing a t-shirt. Mine didn’t turn out as gradient as I had hoped (I blame my dark color choice and leaving it in the dye too long) but it stills looks good.

What you’ll need for this project:

1) White t-shirt (or other clothing article)
*pre-wash before dyeing
2) RIT liquid dye (can be found at Michael’s)
3) 1/2 cup of salt
4) Bucket (choose one you don’t mind staining)
5) Hot water
6) Gloves (optional)
7) Something to stir the dye with (I chose a ruler that I didn’t care about staining)
8) Two clothes pins
9) Safety pins or straight pins (I forgot to photograph this… whoops)

Step 1

Fill your bucket with steaming hot water (around 3 gallons).

Step 2

Wet the shirt. (the shirt you’re planning to dye, not the one you are wearing…) Ring out until the shirt is damp but no longer dripping.

Step 3

Pin up the sleeves with safety pins or straight pins (if you wish to leave them uncolored).

Step 4

Add 1/2 bottle of RIT liquid dye to the steaming water and stir until combined.

Step 5

Add 1/2 cup of salt to the dye bath. Stir until combined.
(you may need to omit this step based on type of fabric being used… refer to side of dye bottle)

Step 6

Place shirt in dye bath up to the point where you’d like to start the Ombré effect and fasten onto bucket with clothespins to hold in place. At 5 minutes intervals (could be less depending on how light you’d like the Ombré to be) move shirt slightly out of dye and re-pin. I did this 4 times; leaving the last section in for 10 minutes instead of 5 for a darker tint.

Step 7

Un-pin shirt from the bucket and using your gloves remove from the dye bath. Rinse shirt until the water runs (mostly) clear. Unfortunately this step will take around 10-15 minutes and there still will be dye left in the shirt but as long as most is out you’re good!

Step 8

Un-pin the sleeves and hang outside to dry.

Step 9

Once dried you can wash the shirt. I did this in my kitchen sink. I ended up having to wash the shirt 3 times (once with laundry detergent and twice in a vinegar and water bath) in order to get the rest of the dye out. This process tinted the white part of my shirt slightly blue… which I actually think made it look better! After washing hang back out to dry again. I left mine outside until it was mostly dry and then threw it in the dryer with some towels to finish.

Step 10

Wear it!

(It was getting dark when I took this picture so you can’t really see the Ombré effect. You can see the gradient better in the picture on the left.)

I know this seems like a lot of steps but I promise you this is sooooo easy and you will love it! My mom wants me to make her one so I’m going to experiment with the timing and see if I can get a better Ombré on hers. I’ll post a picture once I make her shirt and let you know how it goes!

Give my tutorial a try? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear whether or not it worked out for you.

Have a great weekend!

– Katie


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Top 10 Favorite Nail Polishes

As I mentioned in my 21 Favorites at 21 I loveeee nail polish. I counted today and I have 78 bottles total. Several of which I haven’t even gotten a chance to wear yet. I also love to look at nail polish swatches on Instagram (which just feeds my nail polish obsession) so I decided to put together a list for you of my top 10 favorite nail polishes.

*none of the swatches below are mine, they are linked to the original source where I found them*

Shall we start now?

1. China Glaze – Below Deck

2. Essie – Escapades

3. Essie – Lilacism

4. China Glaze – Flip Flop Fantasy

5. OPI – Ate Berries in the Canaries

6. China Glaze – Flyin’ High

7. OPI – My Chihuahua Bites!

8. Sinful Colors – Cream Pink

These are my favorite colors so far. I’m sure more will be added once I test out the rest of my polishes and of course I’ll keep you updated on that…

The remaining polishes in my top 10 are top coats:

9. Essie – Good To Go

I am completely and utterly obsessed with this top coat. Every nail polish lover out there needs this polish. I specifically bought Essie Good to Go after researching online for a fast drying top coat. Good to Go got rave reviews and I couldn’t agree more! This top coat sets (not completely dries) your nails in a minute or two. If you’re like me and paint your nails 2-3 times a week you need this! I can paint my nails and be in the shower 30 minutes later with no nail mess ups. This is one of the best investments I’ve made in a while.

10. Essie – Matte About You

Lastly is Essie Matte About You. A few months back I decided to jump on the Matte nail craze train and, again, after much research I purchased this Essie Matte top coat. Matte About You transforms any nail polish (flat colors, pearly colors, glitters, anything…) to a Matte finish in just a few seconds. If you’ve been wanting to join the Matte nail trend this is the top coat for you. It works amazingly and the bottle will last you forever!

I hope this post inspires you to go and try out some of my favorite colors. I apologize for not posting my own swatches; my cuticles are a little cut up right now but once they’re healed I’m hoping to start posting some of my own polish swatches.

What are some of your favorite nail polishes? Leave a comment so I can check them out.

– Katie

For more information on any of the above brands or colors click the links below:



China Glaze

Sinful Colors


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DIY Are You Happy? Chart (Step-By-Step Instructions)

I have been promising a craft since I started this blog two weeks ago and this morning I finally got around to it while procrastinating on studying for chemistry, whoops…

For my first DIY I decided to re-create the “Are You Happy?” chart.



To re-create this you’ll need the following:

– Frame (size is your choice,
I used an old 12 x 12 I had laying around)

– Background paper

– Circle and arrow templates (I made mine)

– Glue, tape, double stick tape or
Herma crafting tape in repositionable
(which is what I used, can be found at Michael’s)

– Scissors

Step 1

Cut out all circles and arrows. (If you’d like to re-create this using the templates I made leave your e-mail address in a comment at the end of this post and I can send them to you)

Step 2

Cut background paper to fit into your frame (I didn’t need to cut mine since I used scrapbook paper which is already 12 x 12 like my frame). Next, without using tape, start playing around with placement of the circles and arrows on your background paper. I tried two different layouts and found I liked the second layout the best so that’s what I went with.

Step 3

Once you’ve got positioning that you’re happy with you can start gluing or taping the circles and arrows.

Step 4

Once the circles and arrows are glued or taped they can be set into place on the background paper.

Step 5

Place finished product into frame.

As you can see you’re only 5 easy steps away from re-creating your very own “Are You Happy?” chart.

The last step would be to hang it up for display in your home.

I hope you all will give it a try. Leave a comment below if you have any questions.

– Katie

Give my tutorial a try? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear whether or not it worked out for you.

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iPhone Cupcakes

I have been wanting to make iPhone app cupcakes ever since I got my iPhone in October. Last week when an Instagram friend (@iMichelley) announced she was holding a craft contest I decided it was the perfect time to make them! And hey, maybe I’d even have a shot at winning! The contest ends next Sunday May 13th so if you have an Instagram account and haven’t entered yet you should give it a shot.

I’m sure you’re all anxious to see them so here they are…

And a few close ups of the Instagram cupcake…

I hope you liked them! Everyone enjoy the rest of your weekend!

– Katie


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Best Friends and Birthdays

Happy 21st birthday Courtney!!!

Where to start… You, of all people, definitely deserve to have a drink today. You have been through so much the past few years and demonstrated what a strong person you really are. I just want to let you know that I notice and appreciate all of the hard work that you do. You are such an amazing mother to A and I love seeing how you both interact with each other. I’m glad that I can call someone with such drive and determination not only my friend, but my best friend. You have seen me at my best and at my absolute worst and stuck by my side through it all. Thanks for being a great friend and putting up with my shenanigans throughout the years. Good luck trying to get rid of me now, we both know too much!

I love you and hope you’re having a fabulous birthday!

– Katie

Courtney surprised me with breakfast on my birthday so I decided it was her turn to be surprised. Since she was working today I made and brought her some cupcakes to work.

Here are some pictures…

Operation cupcake was a big success. She loved it!!!

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A Day with the Makeup Nista

Last Thursday started out like any other day: I woke up, I ate breakfast, I brushed my teeth, I blogged a little and then I went to Jackie’s, aka the Makeup Nista’s, house and learned how to take my face from this… to this!


Before we started our makeup application lesson (with my new Sigma Beauty brushes) we went over the order in which to apply makeup:
(this is simply by preference, you can go in whatever order works best for you)

1. Eyebrows
2. Eyes
(you’ll need a dark, medium and light/highlighting
eye shadow for this look)
3. Face
(You’ll need 2 foundations, one light and one dark.
A setting powder, bronzer and blush for this look)
4. Concealer
5. Lips
6. Setting spray
(I’ll compile a list of the products I used at the end of this post)

Once that was out of the way the real fun began! Since I’m a visual learner I decided to add step-by-step pictures along with descriptions of the tips and tricks I learned. However, they’re taken with my iPhone so they’re not the best quality.

Here we go…

Step 1

It’s best to start with a clean slate so you’ll want to wash your face before you start.

Step 2

Start off applying eye shadow primer to entire lid and a very tiny bit above your eyebrow. Next, fill in your eyebrows using brow filler and a Sigma E65 small angle brush.

Step 3

Start on your eyes by applying the darkest shadow to outer corner of your eye using a Sigma E25 blending brush.

Step 4

Next, apply the medium colored shadow all over lid using a Sigma E60 large shader brush.

Step 5

Apply the light/highlighting shadow to just under your eyebrow and the very corner of your eye (near your tear duct). I used a Sigma E55 eye shading brush to apply my highlight shadow. Lastly, blend and then blend and then blend some more using either a Sigma E25 blending or a Sigma E40 tapered blending brush.

Step 6

Once you’re happy with the way your eyes look the next step is to do some clean up. Take a baby wipe, makeup remover wipe or a wet paper towel and sweep from under your eye straight up towards your hairline. Don’t go too high (like I accidently did but don’t worry, I’ll fix it later by blending it out… I’m still new at this…) with the sweep or it’ll look unnatural.

Step 7

Now comes time for my favorite part, foundation! Before I met with Jackie I was never a fan of foundation. I had been using Bare Minerals for 7 years and felt like foundation always looked fake and plasticy but NOT ANYMORE! Jackie taught me that with proper application foundation can be your best friend. Using a Sigma F60 foundation brush I took my darker foundation and basically traced/outlined my face. I took the dark color all along my hairline, as well as, my chin. (When applying foundation it’s important to remember pour the foundation onto your hand and take what you need from there. That way you don’t take more than you need)

(You can use a face primer before applying foundation but I didn’t for this tutorial because I was going to take my makeup off right after anyway)

Step 8

After applying the darker foundation I filled in the rest of my face using the light foundation with a Sigma F80 flat kabuki brush. Using my F80 brush I stippled the light foundation onto my whole face and then buffed it into the skin. Be sure to buff where the lighter foundation meets the dark to avoid harsh lines and create a natural “JLO” type glow.

Step 9

At this point you would press a finishing powder into the skin with a Sigma F30 large powder brush. However, I haven’t gotten a chance to pick up any powder yet so I wasn’t able to do this step.

Step 10

After pressing the finishing powder into your skin you may want to add a bit of color and contouring to your face. Make a fish face (and I know… that you know… what I mean!) then using a Sigma F40 large angled contour brush apply the bronzer directly under your check bone until you see some definition appear.

Step 11

Make the fish face again (such technical descriptions you’re getting today…) and using a Sigma F50 duo fiber brush apply blush to your cheekbone and blend.

Step 12

Time for concealer… Using either your finger (which is what I do) or a Sigma E40 tapered blending brush apply concealer to your under eye area to brighten and eliminate any bags.

Step 13

We’re back to eyes for the next two steps. Apply eyeliner to your top lash line (if you want to, I didn’t for this look), tight line and water line. If you want to make your eyes appear larger you can use white eyeliner on the water line or skip it all together.

(don’t judge my eyebrows,  I hate them but they DO NOT grow so I can’t get them reshaped… I’m trying though)

Step 14

Apply mascara and/or add fake lashes (I didn’t use false lashes because I’m not brave enough to try them on my own yet).

Step 15

LIPS TIME! This is a very important step as it can change your entire look. If you’re doing a bold eye stick to a natural lip but if you’re doing a more muted eye you can experiment a bit more with color on your lips. For this look I tested out two different lipsticks (colors are listed below the picture). I like a more natural look so I went with the color on the right.

Left side is Revlon ColorBurst LipButter in Berry Smoothie with a clear lip gloss on top. Right side is Revlon ColorBurst LipButter in Creamsicle with CoverGirl WetSlicks Amazemint in Pink Positive lip gloss on top.

Step 16

Once you’re happy with the way your makeup looks, you can use a mist to set your face. This will help lengthen the makeup’s staying power.

Here’s my finished product…

I’d like to thank Jackie for helping me learn some makeup tricks. I definitely feel more confident in applying my makeup and I hope you have learned a few tips and tricks as well from reading this post. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to answer!

– Katie

Products used:

Eye primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original (it’s the purple one)
Eyebrow filler: Urban Decay Brow Box in Honey Pot
Eye shadows: From the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette:
Dark – Busted
Medium – Pistol and Suspect
Light/Highlight – Verve
Foundation: Revlon ColorStay
Dark – True Beige
Light –  Sand Beige
Bronzer: Bare Minerals Warmth
Blush: NYC Color Wheel (Mosaic face powder) in Pink Cheek Glow 723A
Concealer: Benefit Boi~ing in 01 Light
Eyeliner: Revlon ColorStay in Black
Mascara: LashBlast Fusion in Very Black
Lips: Revlon ColorBurst LipButter and CoverGirl WetSlicks lipgloss
(colors listed above)


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